About the Career Options Assistance Program

Yale Law School has long encouraged its graduates to pursue public service activities. Rising educational debt burdens and stagnant public sector salaries, however, increasingly deter graduates from choosing public interest careers. Large debt and low salaries also discourage career options in academia and some types of private practice.

To give financial expression to the Law School’s commitment to a full range of career opportunities, Yale established the Career Options Assistance Program (COAP) in 1989 to provide substantial post-graduation assistance with educational loan repayment for graduates who choose lower paying positions.

Since its inception, more than 1,500 Yale Law School graduates have participated in COAP and received over $41 million in benefits. In 2012 alone, COAP disbursed $3.6 million in benefits to 416 graduates. COAP remains the most generous loan repayment program available to law school students and the example after which many other programs are modeled.

The breadth and depth of public interest opportunities at Yale Law School are incredible, and the unique curriculum allows us to dive in as first-year students.”

Stephanie Kim

Class of 2014